September 29, 2017 Langford, BC (ISN) – The Varsity Belmont Bulldogs, looking for back to back wins against top five ranked BC high school football opponents, fell hard 50-20 to a strong, number three-ranked South Delta Sun Devil team at Goudy Field Friday afternoon.
After a win last Friday over number five ranked Vancouver College, raising some eyebrows and giving the Varsity Belmont Bulldogs a top 50 ranking in Canadian Football Chat’s high school football standings, that same Belmont team had hopes for repeat performance of last weekend’s victory. Belmont did well in the early going, keeping pace with the visiting white and yellow much of the first quarter.
Belmont, quick to mark the board, would benefit from the chemistry of QB Kalen Jules and receiver Eli Nelms-Horton early to take the first lead in the game. Nelms- Horton, no stranger to big plays, pulling in a reported 142 yards on only three receptions last week, would set up his own TD after a two-reception attack off the arm of Jules that started from inside Belmont’s mid-field to set up Nelms-Horton for a TD reception in the back corner of the end zone to take a 7-0 lead.
After a Sun Devils reply on the next possession, Bulldogs Carter Price would take opportunity to put his team ahead once again, taking a reception on the Sun Devil’s twenty yard line to outpace his defender to the house to retake the lead 14-8.
Little did any of the high school football fans in attendance braving the sunny, yet blustery weather conditions know, but that would be the last Bulldog lead fans and players would see. The South Delta Sun Devils, turning up their secondary defensive pressure, preventing the Bulldogs from gaining any consistent field advantage, would hold the Bulldogs scoreless while rattling off the next forty-two points.
Despite Bulldog defensive glimmers of greatness, like those demonstrated the week prior, those efforts wouldn’t be enough to stop Sun Devils QB Michael Calvert. Forced out of protection often by the aggressive play of the Belmont defensive line, Calvert, with great downfield sight, would show uncanny ability to find an open receiver to extend Delta’s play when needed.
Bulldog’s Max Wauldbauer would score with under two minutes to play in the final quarter to take some of the sting out of a 50-20 Sun Devil defeat. With the loss, the Bulldogs stand 1-1 in a still young season, while the Sun Devils improve to 2-0.
Next up for the Belmont Bulldogs will be a cross-town matchup versus the Mt. Douglas Rams in a game under the lights in Langford on October 6th. That game will be a 7 pm start.
In a lunchtime matchup earlier Friday, the Junior Varsity Belmont Bulldogs suffered a near same fate as their senior counterparts, falling to South Delta by a 48-22 score.
QB Jared Steele would score a pair of TD’s and a two point conversion, while Chase Hennessey would add one of his own in the losing effort.